Five-game win­less run bodes well for Man. City boss

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Maybe a five-game win­less run bodes well for Guardi­ola.

The City man­ager hasn’t ex­pe­ri­enced such a bar­ren streak since the 2008-09 sea­son at Barcelona his first in se­nior man­age­ment. How did that cam­paign end? By win­ning the tre­ble of the Cham­pi­ons League and Span­ish league and cup.

Eng­land, though, is a more chal­leng­ing foot­ball en­vi­ron­ment. There is no room for mis­takes like the one from John Stones against Southamp­ton. The de­fender’s at­tempt to pass to Vin­cent Kom­pany in­stead man­aged to set up Nathan Red­mond for the opener in the 27th minute.

City only had its first shot on tar­get 10 min­utes into the sec­ond half, al­though Kelechi Iheana­cho did make the most of it by equal­is­ing.

“I know when you start (at a new club) it is al­ways dif­fi­cult,” said Guardi­ola, who be­gan work at City in July. “We start quite well. Now in that mo­ment we are not in that rhythm we had be­fore. We didn’t have 90 bad, bad min­utes. But when we are not per­fect, we con­cede a lot.”

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